By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Famous for her witty depictions of English kingdom existence and sharply satirical perspectives of sophistication constitution and human habit, 19th-century novelist, Jane Austen's works own a undying charm for either common readers and literary students. This quantity showcases essays from Austen's personal period of time and past that create a portrait of this author.
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This excerpt provides insight into what three of the best-known Romantic poets (Robert Southey, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge) thought of Austen. Students may want to compare Austen with these Romantics in terms of writing style and content. QQQ . . the delicate mirth, the gently-hinted satire, the feminine decorous humour of Jane Austen, who, if not the greatest, is surely the most faultless of female novelists. My Uncle Southey and my father had an equally high opinion of her merits, but Mr.
Finally, in the 42-year gap between Austen’s last novel and Eliot’s first, England had moved from the Romantic age to the Victorian, and the Industrial Revolution was well under way. Queen Victoria’s empire was expanding, making it much more possible for writers, male and female, to move and look outside England for inspiration and exposure. Students interested in historical or biographical studies may note that historical context is a crucial part of understanding not only a writer’s work, but a writer’s evaluation of other works as well.
QQQ But the real secret of Miss Austen’s success lies in her having the exquisite and rare gift of dramatic creation of character. Scott says of her, “She had a talent for describing the involvements, and feelings, and characters of ordinary life, which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with. The big bow-wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, from the truth of the description and the sentiment, is denied me.